The World Cup for forgotten nations


Alan Burdick | The New Yorker
June 2018 | 6-minute read

The true World Cup is open to the two hundred and eleven member countries of fifa, the International Federation of Association Football; virtually all of them are recognized as nations by the United Nations. By contrast, conifa, which was founded as a nonprofit, in 2013, aims to represent everyone else: people left stateless, persecuted minorities, quasi-states, isolated dependencies, and people who feel that, for whatever reason, their cultural region represents them better than their nation of birth does.

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